Elroy Bernard Blomberg, 80, of Essex, Iowa entered into rest on Tuesday morning, August 13, 2019 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Memorial services following cremation for Elroy will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman with Pastor Ann Albert officiating. Inurnment will take place in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Nyman. A memorial is being established in Elroy's name. Professional arrangements are under the direction of Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah.
Elroy Bernard Blomberg, the only son of Elmer Bernard and Dorothy Louise Eleanor (Nelson) Blomberg was born on June 28, 1939 at the Hand Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa. He entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Jenny Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 80 years, 1 month, 16 days following a brief illness.
His early life was spent growing up on the family farm located northeast of Essex at 2069 140th St. Elroy attended Maple Hill country school, and later the Essex Community Schools, graduating from Essex High School with the Class of 1957. During his school years he participated in sports, was active in the Glee Club, and 4-H for several years
Following graduation, Elroy attended Luther College in Wahoo, Nebraska. He worked for a couple of years in Omaha, Nebraska before deciding to attend the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He also attended Blackhawk College in Moline, Illinois.
Elroy worked in the Davenport area until moving back to Essex, following the untimely death of his mother in 1982. He felt it was his duty to return home and became a caretaker for his elderly father who was blind.
In his spare time, Elroy enjoyed following the stock market and keeping up on current politics. He was passionate about conserving the land and preserving resources for future generations. In his younger years he enjoyed golfing and fishing when possible. A music aficionado, he loved to attend concerts, music festivals and listen to music whenever possible. He was an avid reader also and was knowledgeable in many subjects.
Most of all, Elroy loved his boyhood church, the Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman. He was confirmed there and active in Luther League as a youngster. Upon returning home, he took active roles in the church choir and maintaining the church building and becoming a caretaker for the Mount Hope cemetery grounds adjacent to the church. He had recently served as the maintenance man and custodian as well as sexton of the cemetery until his health recently failed.
Preceding Elroy in death was his mother in 1982 and father in 1993. Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Sandra Louise Roman of Gilroy, CA; nephew, Austin David Roman and his wife Kayori of Santa Monica, CA; niece, Sommer Lynn Sheffield and her husband Ben, and their children, Vienna and Solomon, of San Luis Obispo, CA; other relatives and many friends.
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